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This week, the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress is underway in Melbourne. Companies in the field are showing off everything they've been working on in self-driving and autonomous cars and trucks and other forms of transport. Bosch has built an entirely autonomous car from Tesla's already-pretty-damn-autonomous Model S in Australia, and it's looping it around the part of Melbourne's Albert Park usually reserved for Formula 1 races.

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Seven in ten Australians want a self-driving car to take over when they feel tired or bored, and just under half already recognise autonomous vehicles will be safer than a human driver.

This is the result of the first comprehensive national study into what Australians think about driverless vehicles, released today.

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Driverless cars are an engineer’s dream. At last, a technology that promises to remove the human factor from the traffic system.

It is humans, after all, whose errors contribute to 75% of road crashes, who introduce undesirable randomness into the mathematical simplicity of traffic flows, and who have been characterised (somewhat tongue in cheek) as “monkey drivers” with slow reaction times and short attention spans.

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Driverless cars hold the promise of safer transport. But how should they react when loss of life appears inevitable? Should a car swerve to miss a pedestrian on the road, even if doing so would kill the passenger?

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You can't have Computex without NVIDIA, and the annual tech conference wouldn't be the same without a conference or two from the GPU giant. But while Pascal and the GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 are drawing a lot of headlines right now, what's really intriguing is the world with which NVIDIA has inextricably tied its future to.

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If Australians want to take to the road in autonomous vehicles, our road rules are going to need an overhaul. That's the gist of a report put out by the National Transport Commission today, which has identified what parts of our transport laws need to change if Australia is going to keep up with increasing levels of vehicle automation.

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As much as everyone is getting excited about Google's cute little autonomous cars, self-driving trucks are the most obvious — and probably easiest — beneficiaries of autonomous tech. To prove this, a "platoon" of connected trucks from six brands completed a 2092km trip across Europe.

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A legal opinion by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set the internet alight in February.

The US road safety federal regulator informed Google that the artificial intelligence (AI) software it uses to control its self-driving cars could effectively be viewed as the “driver” for some (but not all) regulatory purposes. The NHTSA‘s letter was in response to a request from Google seeking the NHTSA’s interpretations of the US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

It was widely viewed in the media as a recognition from the Feds that Google’s AI software, the self-driving system (SDS), is legally the same as a human driver. The details of the letter, however, tell a very different story.